By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb
Author note Marla Streb (Foreword)
The bicyclist is below assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are indignant. as though that weren't sufficient, the yankee bike owner needs to hold the burden of background alongside on each ride.
After a quick heyday on the flip of the 20 th century, American cyclists fell out of the social recognition, changing into an afterthought whilst our towns have been deliberate and equipped. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a difficult and unsympathetic international that was once now not made for them. but, with the correct angle and somewhat wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this antagonistic environment.
Covering even more than simply using a motorcycle in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny element, the demanding situations, recommendations, and paintings of using a motorcycle on America's smooth streets and roadways. The artwork of Cycling dismantles the bicycling event and slides it below the microscope, piece by means of piece. Its fundamental predicament is defense, yet this publication is going way past the standard information and how-to, diving in to the nation-states of heritage, psychology, sociology, and economics.
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Additional resources for Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets (2nd Edition)
That speaks well for America, but our appreciation for bicycles has been based overwhelmingly on fun, thrill, and fitness. Too often bicycles have been placed in the category of sporting equipment, rather than serious tools for efficient transportation. It could be argued that the average American bicyclist does not fully appreciate the utilitarian value of the machine. Even during the fuel crisis of the early 1970s, bicycling could not transcend its primary designation as “a recreation and a fad,” as Henry Ford predicted.
First of all, American cyclists need to accept the fact that their streets will be shot with holes, cracks, grates, waves, trenches, and craters. ) We must realize that some degree of road damage is considered inevitable, and even acceptable, to the planners, engineers, and bureaucrats who are responsible for the condition of street surfaces. If they see it that way, so should we. The fact that streets will degrade precipitously is built into the equation. Cost, of course, is the major factor that determines the frequency and intensity of street maintenance and the quality of the street in the first place.
If Jacobs is right, then, American car culture starves the cities of their self-organizing fuel. If a city cannot organize successfully into its proper form, presumably it will organize into something different, something a bit nastier. raGe We just might feel the harmful sociological effects of automobile enclosure every time we go for a ride, or drive. One noticeable effect is increased road rage and the general ramping up of bitchiness among encased drivers, who, free from the encumbrance of face-to-face contact, decide to just speed past, flipping the bird or yelling a few choice words at whomever fills them with hate at the moment, then bolt away.
Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets (2nd Edition) by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb